On the Road Part Three: Chapters 1-3: Summary and Analysis

Jack Kerouac

Part Three: Chapters 1-3: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Roy Johnson: a friend from Denver who lives in San Francisco.

Dorothy: Roy’s wife

Marie: a friend who lives in San Francisco with her little daughter

In 1949, Sal travels to Denver again. He gets a job at the fruit market, where he works long, exhausting hours. At night, he walks the streets of Denver’s lively black and Mexican neighborhoods, wishing he were anything but a disillusioned “white man.”

Sal becomes involved with a wealthy young woman. She gives him a hundred dollars for travel money because she realizes he’s not happy. Sal leaves for San Francisco again, and at the Colorado/Utah border, Sal tells us he saw God in the sky “in the form of...

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